In a recent meeting for business leaders, a very sweet and well-meaning woman hesitantly asked me: “Is the Law of Attraction satanic?”
Only a few years ago I would have answered: “Yes! Keep away from that stuff!”
But now, after God has allowed me to be part of several high-level business groups for women and I have been able to watch and observe how they handle business and money, I cannot just quickly shrug off this concept as un-biblical anymore, without taking a closer look at why it has gained such a strong foothold in present day business circles.
According to Wikipedia, the so called “Law of Attraction” is the name given to the maxim “like attracts like” which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.
Although the law of attraction was initially applied to physical healing in the early 19th century, the application of its principles rapidly expanded to the field of wealth creation during the 20th and 21st century. It is part of the core message of several famous best-selling books, like “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, and the movie and book “The Secret”.
At the same time it has been shunned by Christian circles worldwide as part of the New Age movement and considered therefore to be heretical and unbiblical.
As a devoted Christian who loves Jesus, I most certainly agree that the law of attraction as it is presented is not biblical, the main reason being that it does not mention Him.
The 1st Book of John 4:2, 3 clearly states:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
But, before we throw out the baby with the bathwater, as Christians so often do with subjects that harass their sacred cows of religiosity and legalism, I’d like to point out some basic nuggets of truths about the law of attraction that Christian business people can really benefit from, if they view them for what they are: powerful tools God himself has put at our disposal to be blessed by and to be a blessing to others in this world.
First of all, the law of attraction is an idea that is directly copied from the concept of biblical faith. According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We do “attract” things we hope for and believe for by operating in faith.
Jesus himself taught us that whatever things we ask when we pray, if we believe that we receive them, we will have them. (The Book of Mark 11:24)
Taking this to the business arena, a Christian business person can believe for God’s miraculous intervention in the form of innovative business ideas, new business opportunities, and even divinely channeled financial resources, while still operating in the virtuous principles of love, generosity, hard work and wise stewardship in the natural.
How Does It Work?
I’ll give a brief explanation of how what I call “God’s law of attraction” works in the practical day to day life of a believer and give you some biblical scriptures that will help you see that the law of attraction was God’s idea all the time, like everything else he has provided for us, because “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (Book of James 1:17)
It all goes back to understanding what hope really means in the Bible: confident expectation of something that you believe for. Something you cannot see with your physical eyes yet, but you can see it in your mind!
According to The Book of Romans 8:24 and 25, “Hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”
God designed our brain to be like a spiritual womb that will give birth to what we believe for. We can clearly see that in a negative connotation in Genesis 11, when mankind decided to build the Tower of Babel:
This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them. The Book of Genesis 11:9 (Amplified Bible).
As you see, anything you can imagine with perseverance will be possible for you to achieve. Either for good or for evil, what you think in your mind will be “attracted” as a real life experience to your life.
Simply put, the law of attraction is what we call faith in disguise. It is just a cheap copy of Bible faith but, at the same time, it can give us practical insights as to how effective faith really works.